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Let go of prejudices when voting

If you vote for Hillary Clinton because she is a woman you are a sexist. If you vote for Barack Obama because he is black you are a racist.

Now this is not an original idea but I feel that it’s important enough and obvious enough that I’d like to emphasize it, to expand on it a little. You are a fool to vote your prejudice. You betray yourself. If you vote because you think he’d (or she’d) be pleasant to have a beer with or because he was a prisoner of war or is of the political party you habitually vote for (or against) or if you’re charmed by a smile or offended by an accent or you admire the fit of his coat or dislike his (or her) pastor you’re lazy and have cheapened the electoral process, wasted your vote.

Study the records of the candidates as best you can, ignoring as much as possible superficial arguments, listen to what they say, pay attention to their histories and vote for those who seem most likely to be, by your lights, best. Not prettiest. Best. Best at the job they’re running for.

They will always try to frighten you, to charm you, to distract you, but persevere. Often (they are, after all, politicians) you will be disappointed, but at least your conscience will be clear. You’ve done your job honorably.

John Barrow

Grass Valley

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